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Northwood sharing crime tracking software with other departments, public

NORTHWOOD, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Technology used by the Northwood Police Departmentallows dispatchers to track patrol cars in real time using GPS, and provides awealth of crime statistics at the click of a mouse.

Now, the department is looking to share that informationwith nearby police departments, and even some of it with the public.

"The officers have that at their fingertips howmany times they've been to this house for that particular problem in the lastseveral years," said Northwood Police Chief Thomas Cairl.

Lake Township, Walbridge and Rossford Policeare working to tie into the system.

"Sharing as much as we can is not onlyeffective to the taxpayers. If we can share that information we can also helpfight crime and close some cases together as well," said Rossford Police ChiefGlenn Goss.

Northwood residents also have access to thecrime statistic side of the software.

"The residents want to know what's takingplace in their neighborhood without having to call us. They can simply log onto NorthwoodPolice.com, go to crime mapping and it pops up. They can put theiraddress in there and see what's going on inside the city," said Chief Cairl.

To view the system, visit http://www.ci.northwood.oh.us/city-departments/police.

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